Americans in Wartime Experience

Charles McGee

World War II

Charles McGee was part of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. He is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Second Lieutenant McGee graduated from flight school in Class 43-F in 1943. He was assigned to 332nd Fighter Group, also known as the “Red Tails”.

After WWII, he was assigned to the 67th Fighter Bomber Squadron during the Korean War. During this tour, he flew 100 low level bombing and strafing missions.

During the Vietnam War, LTC McGee led the 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron out of Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon. He flew RF-4C Phantoms on 173 missions.

During his career he flew a total of 409 fighter combat missions over the course of three wars.

Charles’ military honors include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with Two Clusters, two Presidential Unit Citations, and many others. He was elected into the Aviation Hall of Fame in 2011.

On February 4th, 2020, Charles McGee was promoted to Brigadier General by President Donald Trump.

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The Americans in Wartime Experience explores the impact of war and conflict on America since WWI. It honors those who served in the military and on the home front and highlights the values they demonstrated in serving – duty, honor, and courage. It examines how periods of conflict have profoundly shaped American society. It educates visitors about the costs of war, both on a personal and social level. It challenges visitors to remember the service and sacrifices made by their fellow citizens to preserve and defend our freedoms. LEARN MORE

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